Front Row L to R
Ben Randall - Line Foreman Sam Fergerson - Club President Franklin A. Newcomer - President Ronald Schrock - Quality Control Donald Newcomer - Vice President
Back Row L to R
John Blucker - Purchasing Agent Clyde Ferninger - Sales Larry Vardaman - Line Foreman David Miller - Sales Leonard Rapp - Sales Manager Keith Newcomer - Vice President
FAN Coach Company was founded by Franklin A. Newcomer on May 16, 1954, and chose his initials for the company name. The “factory”, at first, was a barn with side wall jigs in a horse stable and the cabinet shop in a hay mow. It took three weeks to build the first FAN, a 14 ft. model equipped with a 2-burner plate, ice box, 10-gallon water tank, and a pump by the sink.
The next year a 32' x 60' quonset hut was built. One year later, in May of 1956, the quonset hut was moved to Wakarusa, Indiana and a larger 3200 square foot plant was also built to meet the increasing demand for FANs.
Since January of 1965, FAN has been in LaGrange, Indiana. The 73,500sq. ft. plant was located on 52 acres. A new 22,000 sq. ft. warehouse and service center was planned, and FAN employed as many as 230 employees, building 28 FANS a day, and well over 30,000 FANs have been built.
At some point, W.R. Grace Chemical Company bought the then solid FAN Coach Company. Proving they had no business in the travel trailer business, they had all but broken the company. Frank and his wife Maxine repurchased FAN Coach for 10 cents on the dollar, and made it profitable enough for Coachmen to purchase it in 1978, although, sadly they closed it four years later in 1982.
Coachmen Industries continued to use the FAN name for some models for a few years afterwards, but by 1985, the FAN name had disappeared.
Sources: Fan Coach Company, Inc, History Document. RV/MH Museum, Elkhart, IN Keith Newcomer (Founder's son and Company Officer). Document at RV/MH Museum.
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